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The People's Palace on the subway rails

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Stalin's greatest achievement was the Moscow subway, the world's densest network and one that saved many people from Nazi bombing. Constantly modernised, the metro showed the regime's forward thinking.

Over 9 million passengers take it everyday. This is the Moscow metro, the densest network in the world. It has beautiful stations with irradiated light, some designed with huge and magnificent vestibules (Arbatskaya, Sokol, the airport, Elektrozavodskaya, Komsolskaya, Kropotkinskaya, Mayakovskaya…) and escalators that penetrate into the depths of the earth, like the one at Park Pobedy (126 metres long). Built over a period of several decades by 75,000 workers, the metro's huge marble colonnades, majestic chandeliers, royal mouldings, medallions, mosaics, stained glass, and sculptures draw as much from religious art and Art Deco as collectivism.

Wandering through the subway is similar to a mind-blowing journey through time. Stalin called it the Palace of the People. Among the 76 curved bronze statues at Revolution Square station you'll see the Red Guards of the 1917 October Revolution; Kutuzov, defeater of Napoleon can be found at Komsomolskaya station; and Peter the Great graces the tiles at the Kiyevskaya stop.

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